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We are a burgeoning network of 29 scholars from various academic disciplines (political science, public policy, law, economics, sociology, history and criminology), all working on issues related to financial accountability in the EU. We are recognised as a UACES (University Association of Contemporary European Studies) collaborative research network for the period 2015-2018. List of contributors.

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EU Cybersecurity – A Swiss Cheese That Can Be Served as a Fondue?

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An earlier article about asset restitution suggested the European Union (EU) takes its example from Switzerland. In cybersecurity, the EU’s institutions appear to be very Swiss – but unfortunately in the sense of a Swiss cheese full of holes.

Exploring Europol – the agency’s reaction to its own limitations (Part 2)

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A country’s location at the EU’s Southern and South-Eastern border is an important factor when it comes to smuggling. Naturally, migrant smuggling is much more common in these areas adjacent to non-EU states than in landlocked states and/or countries in Europe’s North. The importance of cooperation for information sharing Europol is reliant on information from […]

Exploring Europol: the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Part 1)

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Europol’s mission and characteristics The European Union’s (EU) body for law enforcement, Europol, was created in 1999 and has its headquarter in the Netherlands, Den Haag. The agency’s role is to help EU member states in combatting the smuggling of migrants. In that task, the agency is one of the main actors in EU policy-making. In its […]

Recovery and Resilience Facility and Cohesion Policy: a different kettle of fish?

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In May 2020, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission proposed the creation of a novel recovery instrument, the Next Generation EU, aimed at ensuring a sustainable recovery across the EU. The Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) constitutes the most massive area of the Next Generation EU’s resources amounting to €723.8 billion in loans (€385.8 […]

The work programme of the European Court of Auditors: adjusting audits and special reports to Covid-19

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On 30 October 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) published its Work Programme for the year 2020, listing all the upcoming priorities, main challenges and key concerns for the EU’s finances. The 2020 Work Programme covers a wide range of areas and related problems the EU is currently facing, among them: the sustainable use of natural resources, migration, […]

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